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Title: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: @Yehuda on December 07, 2014, 01:04:50 PM
I've rented a car twice in my life, and I just paid a TA to do it for me. I know that the "Need help?" thread barely gets responses, and I don't mind doing the legwork myself. My problem is that I have no idea where to start.

I can read the wikis of the main companys' master threads, but how does one go about deciding who to rent from and which codes will work best for their specific situation? When I want to fly somewhere, I can use ITA to determine which airlines fly my route and then figure out which partners can book that route for the cheapest points. Any ways to knock down the car rental options, so it's somewhat less daunting to start searching? Or does everyone here search through every major company's site and try all the codes till they find with company/code will be cheapest?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: lunatic on December 07, 2014, 01:40:48 PM
I like this thread. I have done a few times,  but always shooting in the dark
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: SOS on December 07, 2014, 02:06:51 PM
+1 on this thread
I Feel like a total noob on this
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: @Yehuda on December 07, 2014, 02:36:39 PM
+1 on this thread
I Feel like a total noob on this
Although your programs list seems to indicate you know what you're doing ;)
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Yehoshua on December 07, 2014, 02:40:25 PM
I use kayak to get a general picture, but then use codes on the individual sites to find the cheapest prices. Maybe I'm doing it all wrong, but I still feel pretty confident when I'm done that I've got the lowest rate.

I also check sites like carrentals.com and sometimes consider buying Hertz free day vouchers if renting in the US or Canada.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: SOS on December 07, 2014, 02:44:17 PM
Although your programs list seems to indicate you know what you're doing ;)

There was a thread here a while ago that said if you have a world mastercard you get all these statuses, so I did it
I still never used any of these statuses because whenever I looked at rental cars these companies were more expensive
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: @Yehuda on December 07, 2014, 02:44:54 PM
There was a thread here a while ago that said if you have a world mastercard you get all these statuses, so I did it
I still never used any of these statuses because whenever I looked at rental cars these companies were more expensive
Ah, gotcha :)

I use kayak to get a general picture, but then use codes on the individual sites to find the cheapest prices. Maybe I'm doing it all wrong, but I still feel pretty confident when I'm done that I've got the lowest rate.

I also check sites like carrentals.com and sometimes consider buying Hertz free day vouchers if renting in the US or Canada.
Thanks! So you're saying that if Kayak shows that Avis will be cheapest, then you'll go to Avis.com and starts playing with different codes to see if you can make it even cheaper than what Kayak quoted you?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Yehoshua on December 07, 2014, 02:48:43 PM
Ah, gotcha :)
Thanks! So you're saying that if Kayak shows that Avis will be cheapest, then you'll go to Avis.com and starts playing with different codes to see if you can make it even cheaper than what Kayak quoted you?
Yes. Sometimes if the prices are close say between Hertz and Avis I'll go to both sites and try codes. If prices are super high then I'll just look into free day vouchers. Kayak is just really to get a picture of the market. I almost never actually use it more than once or twice per booking. If Avis for example is really expensive, it's not going to get that much cheaper that it would beat Thrifty or Dollar.

Costo car rentals is also a cheap place to look if you're a member.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: lunatic on December 07, 2014, 02:49:32 PM
There was a thread here a while ago that said if you have a world mastercard you get all these statuses, so I did it
I still never used any of these statuses because whenever I looked at rental cars these companies were more expensive
Yes, I got national and avis status. National is good because you can choose any car in a certain aisle if you reserve a midsize or above
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: @Yehuda on December 07, 2014, 03:00:18 PM
Yes. Sometimes if the prices are close say between Hertz and Avis I'll go to both sites and try codes. If prices are super high then I'll just look into free day vouchers. Kayak is just really to get a picture of the market. I almost never actually use it more than once or twice per booking. If Avis for example is really expensive, it's not going to get that much cheaper that it would beat Thrifty or Dollar.

Costo car rentals is also a cheap place to look if you're a member.
Okay thanks for those tips! Will start with that.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: @Yehuda on December 09, 2014, 09:24:41 AM
What are my options if I need the car rental FROM my hotel (and drop off at an airport)? Do any chains deliver the car to your hotel?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: lubaby on December 09, 2014, 09:33:53 AM
What are my options if I need the car rental FROM my hotel (and drop off at an airport)? Do any chains deliver the car to your hotel?
Hertz, (https://www.hertz.com/rentacar/productservice/index.jsp?targetPage=HLEpickupservice.jsp) Enterprise, (http://www.enterprise.com/car_rental/deeplinkmap.do?bid=002&cust=AMA7745&cm_mmc=AMA-_-Discount-_-AMA7745-_-null) maybe others.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: @Yehuda on December 09, 2014, 09:38:10 AM
Hertz, (https://www.hertz.com/rentacar/productservice/index.jsp?targetPage=HLEpickupservice.jsp) Enterprise, (http://www.enterprise.com/car_rental/deeplinkmap.do?bid=002&cust=AMA7745&cm_mmc=AMA-_-Discount-_-AMA7745-_-null) maybe others.
Thank you!
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Yehoshua on December 09, 2014, 02:13:36 PM
Thank you!
I've rented from Avis and picked up from hotel, but it wasn't a one way rental.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: @Yehuda on December 09, 2014, 04:30:58 PM
I've rented from Avis and picked up from hotel, but it wasn't a one way rental.
Thanks for the data point.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Ulitkany on December 21, 2014, 11:08:19 AM
I've rented a car twice in my life, and I just paid a TA to do it for me. I know that the "Need help?" thread barely gets responses, and I don't mind doing the legwork myself. My problem is that I have no idea where to start.

It will be my firts time renting, i asked for help in "Need help?" thread but didn't get answered. I need to rent a car from JFK and drop it off at the airport in Washington, DC 9 days later. The best rate that i was able to find was $650. Are there any recommendation/ rules on what is the cheapest way to rent a car with different pick up and drop off locations?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Feivish on July 14, 2015, 10:34:37 PM
Can an additional drivers credit card be used for a rental (National)?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: yitrap on July 15, 2015, 01:57:14 AM
Can an additional drivers credit card be used for a rental (National)?
Doubtful
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Feivish on July 15, 2015, 09:16:05 AM
Can an additional drivers credit card be used for a rental (National)?
Doubtful
No doubts please.

Anyone know or tried it?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: lubaby on July 15, 2015, 09:51:15 AM
No doubts please.

Anyone know or tried it?
Why not just change the name on the reservation to the additional driver, making him/her the primary driver?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: GTR on July 15, 2015, 11:36:38 AM
Book early and rebook often using best price from searches - try portals (which are just codes) and codes constantly and if you beat your best booked price, rebook!

Car rentals are cancelable so just keep searching every week (day?).
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Feivish on July 15, 2015, 01:11:40 PM
Why not just change the name on the reservation to the additional driver, making him/her the primary driver?
Cause of a contract code that needs to be on my name.... In short I need to be the primary driver but I want the additional driver to pay with his CC.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: popcorn1508 on July 15, 2015, 01:18:36 PM
Cause of a contract code that needs to be on my name.... In short I need to be the primary driver but I want the additional driver to pay with his CC.
Let him make you an AU on his card.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: @Yehuda on July 16, 2015, 10:15:25 AM
Just heard that someone under 23 is not allowed to rent a car in Ireland. That's got to be incorrect, right?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Abet rich on July 16, 2015, 10:27:57 AM
Doubtful
Nope. Gotta be the primary.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Abet rich on July 16, 2015, 10:33:39 AM
I've rented a car twice in my life, and I just paid a TA to do it for me. I know that the "Need help?" thread barely gets responses, and I don't mind doing the legwork myself. My problem is that I have no idea where to start.

I can read the wikis of the main companys' master threads, but how does one go about deciding who to rent from and which codes will work best for their specific situation? When I want to fly somewhere, I can use ITA to determine which airlines fly my route and then figure out which partners can book that route for the cheapest points. Any ways to knock down the car rental options, so it's somewhat less daunting to start searching? Or does everyone here search through every major company's site and try all the codes till they find with company/code will be cheapest?
I try responding to all posted in the need help thread.
Most of the time i am able tp find the best rate, hence people email or pm me for help all the time and u can join that crew,although i mostly just stick to Hertz bc i find them to be the easiest to knock down the price most of the time.
I dont charge like a travel agent,but it would be nice if ppl give something sometimes to compensate for the time, considering that they are saving $$.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: @Yehuda on July 16, 2015, 10:41:32 AM
I try responding to all posted in the need help thread.
Most of the time i am able tp find the best rate, hence people email or pm me for help all the time and u can join that crew,although i mostly just stick to Hertz bc i find them to be the easiest to knock down the price most of the time.
I dont charge like a travel agent,but it would be nice if ppl give something sometimes to compensate for the time, considering that they are saving $$.
Thanks for the fast response! :P Good to know you're open to helping, thank you.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: zlt123 on July 17, 2015, 09:31:58 AM
Oh and dont forget to use CV................:-):-):-)
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: lunatic on September 13, 2015, 11:21:37 AM
Need a car that holds at least 6, what is the cheapest way to do? I thought of a few options :
1. Get hertz vouchers,  the pay to upgrade to minivan. Dunno if that works
2. Get executive aisle at National,  and hope there is something that holds 6
In either case,  I would get a minivan reservation as a backup
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Dr Moose on September 13, 2015, 12:01:24 PM


Need a car that holds at least 6, what is the cheapest way to do? I thought of a few options :
1. Get hertz vouchers,  the pay to upgrade to minivan. Dunno if that works
2. Get executive aisle at National,  and hope there is something that holds 6
In either case,  I would get a minivan reservation as a backup

personally, I'd do option 2.

even if there's nothing in the aisle, National charges a third of what Hertz charges to upgrade.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: lunatic on September 13, 2015, 12:03:32 PM
Makes sense. Plus,  I don't need to deal with the scrutiny of the vouchers
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: lubaby on September 13, 2015, 12:54:50 PM
Makes sense. Plus,  I don't need to deal with the scrutiny of the vouchers
Plus, National credits (especially now with 1-2 Free) are worth more then Hertz points.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Abet rich on September 15, 2015, 01:43:57 PM
Need a car that holds at least 6, what is the cheapest way to do? I thought of a few options :
1. Get hertz vouchers,  the pay to upgrade to minivan. Dunno if that works
2. Get executive aisle at National,  and hope there is something that holds 6
In either case,  I would get a minivan reservation as a backup
Vouchers and upgrade would not work. Maybe try using Hertz COnvention CV code 022L4225 and see what price it gets you.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: B.D.Da'ehu on September 15, 2015, 03:15:53 PM
Need a car that holds at least 6, what is the cheapest way to do? I thought of a few options :
1. Get hertz vouchers,  the pay to upgrade to minivan. Dunno if that works
2. Get executive aisle at National,  and hope there is something that holds 6
In either case,  I would get a minivan reservation as a backup
Every time i was at national they had. Definitely a big chance.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: SamKey on September 15, 2015, 03:25:42 PM
I've rented a car twice in my life, and I just paid a TA to do it for me. I know that the "Need help?" thread barely gets responses, and I don't mind doing the legwork myself. My problem is that I have no idea where to start.

I can read the wikis of the main companys' master threads, but how does one go about deciding who to rent from and which codes will work best for their specific situation? When I want to fly somewhere, I can use ITA to determine which airlines fly my route and then figure out which partners can book that route for the cheapest points. Any ways to knock down the car rental options, so it's somewhat less daunting to start searching? Or does everyone here search through every major company's site and try all the codes till they find with company/code will be cheapest?
Best option is usually Costcotravel.com you don't have to be a member to search. Only thing they don't have is Hertz. Autoslash.com is another great site.
Safest option IMO is to play around, even with risky codes, and then try to use priceline.com
Each company has different tactics to get cheaper tastes and they all have their pluses and minuses.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Abet rich on September 15, 2015, 06:14:56 PM
Best option is usually Costcotravel.com you don't have to be a member to search. Only thing they don't have is Hertz. Autoslash.com is another great site.
Safest option IMO is to play around, even with risky codes, and then try to use priceline.com
Each company has different tactics to get cheaper tastes and they all have their pluses and minuses.
IMHO autoslash is horrible. No normal car rental companies and horrible search help. At least IME
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Emkay on September 15, 2015, 06:18:59 PM
Best option is usually Costcotravel.com you don't have to be a member to search. Only thing they don't have is Hertz. Autoslash.com is another great site.
Safest option IMO is to play around, even with risky codes, and then try to use priceline.com
Each company has different tactics to get cheaper tastes and they all have their pluses and minuses.
Are you aware that your responding to a year old Q? Its helpful either way
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: SamKey on September 15, 2015, 06:23:52 PM
Are you aware that your responding to a year old Q? Its helpful either way

Didn't notice, but yeah still helpful.

Another great shtick is to book vacation packages with airfare and cancel airfare within 24 hrs. #EthicsThread
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: 3yummyboys on September 15, 2015, 09:26:14 PM
Wouldn't the whole package be cancelled?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: lunatic on September 16, 2015, 12:10:35 AM
Plus, National credits (especially now with 1-2 Free) are worth more then Hertz points.
Don't rent so often,  so don't care much about the points
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: SamKey on September 16, 2015, 03:03:10 AM
Wouldn't the whole package be cancelled?
Not if you cancel it through the airline not the OTA.
Hope I didn't just open a can of worms...
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: B.D.Da'ehu on September 16, 2015, 04:49:03 AM
Not if you cancel it through the airline not the OTA.
Hope I didn't just open a can of worms...
Who refunds you for the flight? The airline?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: yochiek93 on September 16, 2015, 08:33:53 AM
does the barclays arrival+ cover cdw in israel?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: SamKey on September 16, 2015, 08:34:25 AM
does the barclays arrival+ cover cdw in israel?
Wrong thread but no
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: yochiek93 on September 16, 2015, 08:46:48 AM
Wrong thread but no
thanx, BTW which thread does it belong in?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: noturbizniss on October 12, 2015, 09:35:27 AM
I booked a car through chase UR portal. I am not thinking I might end up needing to leave (and return the car) about 12 hours earlier or so. It will actually cost more to rebook using a return date a day earlier. As it is prepaid (i can cancel) is there any reason not to return it early? Any penalty or the like? I can't imagine there is, but hoped someone with more experience can chime in.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Ez on October 12, 2015, 10:14:52 AM
I booked a car through chase UR portal. I am not thinking I might end up needing to leave (and return the car) about 12 hours earlier or so. It will actually cost more to rebook using a return date a day earlier. As it is prepaid (i can cancel) is there any reason not to return it early? Any penalty or the like? I can't imagine there is, but hoped someone with more experience can chime in.

I'm almost certain there won't be any penalty for just 12 hours earlier.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: noturbizniss on October 12, 2015, 10:18:38 AM
I'm almost certain there won't be any penalty for just 12 hours earlier.
What about up to a day early?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Ez on October 12, 2015, 10:32:56 AM
What about up to a day early?

On your rental agreement it should say the daily rate and weekly rate, so if let's say you got it on the weekly rate but return it after just a few days, you'll pay the daily rate. (But not if you just return it a few hours early)

Best would be to call the rental location to find out.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: noturbizniss on October 12, 2015, 10:49:45 AM
On your rental agreement it should say the daily rate and weekly rate, so if let's say you got it on the weekly rate but return it after just a few days, you'll pay the daily rate. (But not if you just return it a few hours early)

Best would be to call the rental location to find out.
Thanks. found it in chase's agreement.
"The early return of car rentals is not eligible for a refund."
Looks like there's no issue returning early.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: yochiek93 on February 29, 2016, 02:40:49 PM
Which car rental companies have 12 or 15 pas vans
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: yakrot on February 29, 2016, 03:26:32 PM

Which car rental companies have 12 or 15 pas vans
the Jewish ones do I believe. Just for wheels definitely has
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: yochiek93 on February 29, 2016, 03:27:21 PM
the Jewish ones do I believe. Just for wheels definitely has
Besides for the Jews (wow I sound like an anti-Semite)
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: yelped on February 29, 2016, 03:55:33 PM
Besides for the Jews (wow I sound like an anti-Semite)

Doesn't National have?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: yochiek93 on February 29, 2016, 04:01:28 PM
Doesn't National have?
Not full size only mini vans
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: yelped on February 29, 2016, 06:31:26 PM
Not full size only mini vans
Really? I remember seeing the full size Ford transit connect on their website. It probably depend on location and possibly corporate code. Also, could be a bug on their new website that it doesn't always show.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: yochiek93 on February 29, 2016, 10:11:20 PM
Really? I remember seeing the full size Ford transit connect on their website. It probably depend on location and possibly corporate code. Also, could be a bug on their new website that it doesn't always show.
Which location did you see it I need it somewhere in NY
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: yelped on February 29, 2016, 11:45:10 PM
Which location did you see it I need it somewhere in NY
I can't remember. Maybe FLL. Or maybe Parsipanny NJ. If National has a branch there.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: B.D.Da'ehu on February 29, 2016, 11:46:29 PM
Which car rental companies have 12 or 15 pas vans
Avis is having a promo to drive them down from Florida for like $20/day
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: yochiek93 on February 29, 2016, 11:49:57 PM
Avis is having a promo to drive them down from Florida for like $20/day
Nah I need NY
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: B.D.Da'ehu on February 29, 2016, 11:51:39 PM
Nah I need NY
Fly down for $39 and drive it back. It will definitely come out cheaper than renting here (if its for a few days). If you have time....
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: yochiek93 on February 29, 2016, 11:54:10 PM
Fly down for $39 and drive it back. It will definitely come out cheaper than renting here (if its for a few days). If you have time....
Key words if you have time
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: myi on March 01, 2016, 06:23:31 PM
Key words if you have time
why don't you check budget rentals or uhall they usally have those type of passenger vans...some have seats and some have no seats.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: myi on March 01, 2016, 06:26:28 PM
Since I'm pretty much clueless about rental cars, is there any info I would use like signing up for a gold member on hertz or any codes to enter to start you off with some points!? Or do I just go on the site and enter my info as a regular person as creating a new account? 
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Abet rich on March 01, 2016, 06:51:06 PM
Since I'm pretty much clueless about rental cars, is there any info I would use like signing up for a gold member on hertz or any codes to enter to start you off with some points!? Or do I just go on the site and enter my info as a regular person as creating a new account?
Not much to do. Just enter on the site like a regular person
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: myi on March 01, 2016, 06:54:33 PM
What does a gold member do for me? Also is there still ways to use someone else's usaa card # or make myself  an added user so I could rent under 25? 
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Abet rich on March 02, 2016, 04:54:47 AM
What does a gold member do for me? Also is there still ways to use someone else's usaa card # or make myself  an added user so I could rent under 25?
Gold member basically just gets u point and faster service. U can become an authorized cardholder on someone's USAA debit account
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: myi on March 02, 2016, 04:29:48 PM
Gold member basically just gets u point and faster service. U can become an authorized cardholder on someone's USAA debit account
even if I do go onto that debit account, is that enough for using at hertz or will I need a credit card (usaa), is there no card today comparable to the usaa card? 
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Abet rich on March 02, 2016, 10:47:47 PM
even if I do go onto that debit account, is that enough for using at hertz or will I need a credit card (usaa), is there no card today comparable to the usaa card?
When u go onto the debit account u will get a debit card w ur name on it
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: bostonguy on March 03, 2016, 08:35:52 AM
Quick comment re: pricing.  I consistently find Costco travel has the best prices.  Cars are booked with the major national car rental companies.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: myi on March 04, 2016, 02:25:39 AM
Quick comment re: pricing.  I consistently find Costco travel has the best prices.  Cars are booked with the major national car rental companies.
would that be the best rate also for drivers under 25
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: yelped on March 04, 2016, 10:25:06 AM
Quick comment re: pricing.  I consistently find Costco travel has the best prices.  Cars are booked with the major national car rental companies.

Never found it cheaper for the dates and locations I needed. I guess it depends on many factors, and as usual compare all the options before.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: shmoe joe on May 08, 2016, 06:00:07 PM
Which company is cheapest on one way rental?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: A3 on May 08, 2016, 06:20:27 PM
Which company is cheapest on one way rental?
General Rule... Depends from where to where. As company's often have one way deals from the South (FL) after the winter.

Other wise, IME National
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: yelped on May 08, 2016, 06:40:16 PM
Which company is cheapest on one way rental?

Use Costco Travel to compare for a start, before corporate codes and coupons. I once had Budget pricing out cheaper than a same location, while all other companies were way more expensive.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: username on May 09, 2016, 01:27:23 PM
Which car rental companies have 12 or 15 pas vans
Enterprise.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: mringelheim on May 09, 2016, 07:15:21 PM
Does anyone know if there is a problem renting from advantage? Thanks - a lot cheaper for Hawaii trip
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: myi on May 09, 2016, 10:02:56 PM
Is there any known rental company which waives underage fees?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: cooljoe613 on May 11, 2016, 11:25:40 PM
ok so im a executive member @ national and always rent there. however the prices in lax for fox, advantage, payless and e z car  are just to good to ignore is it really that bad??? the reviews say yes.. the savings is a few hundreds dollars any advice on those companies? thanks
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Mountain Man on May 12, 2016, 09:28:31 AM
Which car rental companies have 12 or 15 pas vans
I believe Sixt does as well and there is that 20% off Amex offer.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Mountain Man on May 12, 2016, 09:42:11 AM
ok so im a executive member @ national and always rent there. however the prices in lax for fox, advantage, payless and e z car  are just to good to ignore is it really that bad??? the reviews say yes.. the savings is a few hundreds dollars any advice on those companies? thanks

My experience with Fox was so so/ not great in LA. I had a confirmed luxury (Chrysler 300) but it wasn't available and I waited half an hour until I was downgraded to an SUV. This coupled with a 20+ minute wait had me in sorts. The truth is though had I not been deadset on the "Luxury" car I could've been out 20 minutes earlier. Returning was also a pain and took 20 minutes longer than usual because I returned a vehicle that was different than I originally rented.

On the other hand the price I paid for the day was ~$15 after their concessions. The car (Rav4) was also well taken care of. So the price was great. Service was horrible though they did knock down $15 off an already very cheap price essentially giving the car away before taxes. If you're ok with a longer line and not picky on what you are given then go for it. Skip the Chrysler 300 though; was totally not worth wasting precious vacation time.

I was looking the other night as Sixt.com though because of the Amex offer. I'm also National Executive but I'm strongly debating paying ~$160 for a one way 3 day rental to SJC in a confirmed Mercedes GLA or similar. Pricing on a BMW x3, BMW 5 series and similiar are also just slightly more and price out much better than Silvercar (plus Silvercar doesn't do one way rentals). National Midsize is pricing slightly less and I know you get to choose your vehicle at National and the service is great but a confirmed luxury is very appealing for a 10 hour coastal highway drive.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Mountain Man on May 12, 2016, 09:50:44 AM
Does anyone know if there is a problem renting from advantage? Thanks - a lot cheaper for Hawaii trip
If they are anything like LGA don't even bother. At LGA, at night, they have one guy responsible for all the jobs. That includes, renting, pulling up vehicle, cleaning, etc. It takes 20 minutes per person at least. a 6 person line at 11:30 at night will last until 2 am easy.

My suggestion is to use the Southwest car rental tool (right next to hotel and flight). Book yourself two (or more) reservations and see how bad the line is when you get there. I do this all the time when renting from these cheap companies. Cancellations are free and in my experience that includes even if you forget to cancel. Just make sure to have a printout of your reservation and tick and tie the price carefully because Aadvantage/Payless have tried to over charge me everytime. If you cancel before the reservation time you can do it in the app very easily. This will save you the risk of being in a never ending line or having them deny a rental if you don't overpay. Basically it gives you options.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: E-MAN on June 29, 2016, 05:38:32 PM
Not sure where to post this, but does anyone have experience renting from Sixt?
I'm going to LA for 5 days next week and see I cant rent a premium car (Mercedes CLA or similar) for $171.43 total if I pre-pay, which is cheaper than everywhere else for a regular car!
Any reason not to take this?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: sedge on June 29, 2016, 05:50:03 PM
Not sure where to post this, but does anyone have experience renting from Sixt?
I'm going to LA for 5 days next week and see I cant rent a premium car (Mercedes CLA or similar) for $171.43 total if I pre-pay, which is cheaper than everywhere else for a regular car!
Any reason not to take this?
Sixt will give Platinum status if you have any WE MC.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: E-MAN on June 29, 2016, 05:52:22 PM
Sixt will give Platinum status if you have any WE MC.
Thank you for the response, but not sure how that answers my question.
I found a great deal with Sixt and just want to know if any reason not to take it. Right now I have a reservation with National for a car from their emerald aisle for $30 more.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: sedge on June 29, 2016, 05:57:20 PM
Thank you for the response, but not sure how that answers my question.
I found a great deal with Sixt and just want to know if any reason not to take it. Right now I have a reservation with National for a car from their emerald aisle for $30 more.
15% discount and two-level upgrades. You might be able to do even better on the Mercedes is what I'm saying if you get platinum status. Just a suggestion. Worth a try. I've had great experiences with them, particularly in the Los Angeles area.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: E-MAN on June 29, 2016, 06:04:03 PM
15% discount and two-level upgrades. You might be able to do even better on the Mercedes is what I'm saying if you get platinum status. Just a suggestion. Worth a try. I've had great experiences with them, particularly in the Los Angeles area.
Thanks.
How did you request platinum status? I can probably status match from National too
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: sedge on June 29, 2016, 06:24:54 PM
Thanks.
How did you request platinum status? I can probably status match from National too

You can email them your elite status screenshot from most any car rental hotel or airline. I used Hyatt Diamond.

OR

If you hold a WorldElite MasterCard, you can sign up for complimentary Platinum status in Sixt’s loyalty program. To activate the status, simply call a MasterCard travel advisor at 1-855-802-1387 (just like you would for Avis and National). TPG quote

Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: gubevo18 on June 20, 2017, 12:38:49 AM
When renting through Costcotravel, officially you have to be a member. My membership expired already but I am still able to make reservations. Will I have any problems when picking up the car?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Ddrill on June 20, 2017, 01:53:54 PM
hi im 19 and would like to know if there is a way to wave underage fee without breaking halachos
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: mmgfarb on June 20, 2017, 02:00:16 PM
hi im 19 and would like to know if there is a way to wave underage fee without breaking halachos
With hertz you can waive the fee with either the yeshiva code, USAA or AAA.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: gubevo18 on June 20, 2017, 10:33:04 PM
When renting through Costcotravel, officially you have to be a member. My membership expired already but I am still able to make reservations. Will I have any problems when picking up the car?
Update: all my reservations including previous ones were cancelled automatically without any email letting me know.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: yochiek93 on June 21, 2017, 01:20:49 PM
hi im 19 and would like to know if there is a way to wave underage fee without breaking halachos
What do you mean without breaking halachos?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: mmgfarb on June 21, 2017, 03:10:50 PM
What do you mean without breaking halachos?
He wants DDF to become his LOR, something we're very good at here.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Aps on August 10, 2017, 10:31:13 AM
HI everyone. I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but ill guess well try and see if it works out.
When you search on priceline or other booking sites, there's all these car rental companies that are many times much cheaper then the regular avis, hertz and budget. Can anybody share they're experience or opinion on companies like:
1- Alamo
2-Dollar
3- sixt   (I'm talking about in the U.S.)
4- thrifty ( Again-in the US )

Or the even less heard of ones like:
1-Ace
2-Advantage
3-E-Z
4-Fox
5-Payless

Thnx!

Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: av83 on August 10, 2017, 12:37:35 PM
anyone have experience positive or negative using this avis corp code state of Florida AWD #A113400?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: sillypainter on August 14, 2017, 01:43:32 PM
Not sure where to post this. I reserved the Avis 3 Hour Porsche deal in FRA for 99.10 Euros, but I see now that the Sapphire Reserve card does not cover Porsche vehicles. Any other card that covers it?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: yitrap on August 14, 2017, 02:01:20 PM
Not sure where to post this. I reserved the Avis 3 Hour Porsche deal in FRA for 99.10 Euros, but I see now that the Sapphire Reserve card does not cover Porsche vehicles. Any other card that covers it?
Try the Citi Prestige, they have a pretty inclusive coverage.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: sillypainter on August 14, 2017, 02:12:07 PM
Try the Citi Prestige, they have a pretty inclusive coverage.

I don't have the PRESTIGE card, but I do see that my stupid Double Cash card from Citi covers anything as long as it's not more than 50K, and Avis does provide coverage with a $1500 deductible, so I guess the DC will be the best card to use. I will of course change CC once I am back and there is no damage to avoid the FX fee.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: yitrap on August 14, 2017, 02:20:37 PM
I don't have the PRESTIGE card, but I do see that my stupid Double Cash card from Citi covers anything as long as it's not more than 50K, and Avis does provide coverage with a $1500 deductible, so I guess the DC will be the best card to use. I will of course change CC once I am back and there is no damage to avoid the FX fee.

Thoughts?
Putpac to confirm.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: sillypainter on August 16, 2017, 09:23:35 PM
Update. I just checked again and the car rental benefit that excludes exotic or fancy cars like Mercedes or Porsche, only applies to the Sapphire preferred Card, not the Reserve card. The RC includes coverage up to 75K for any (most) vehicles.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Essen est zich on August 26, 2017, 11:49:32 PM
Update. I just checked again and the car rental benefit that excludes exotic or fancy cars like Mercedes or Porsche, only applies to the Sapphire preferred Card, not the Reserve card. The RC includes coverage up to 75K for any (most) vehicles.
If you purchase premium amex card rental insurance there is a option to for coverage for cars up to 100k market value. It should cover exotic cars from what I know. Anyone else have input?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Hidden on April 21, 2020, 11:32:22 AM
Looking to rent an 8 seater.

Which company carries them?

I have Hertz president's circle and national executive elite.  Could I expect to find something in the aisle?

Any help would be appreciated
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: justmeha on April 21, 2020, 11:59:25 AM
Wow great find (this thread)
Wish I know it existed a while back
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: KSMH on April 21, 2020, 12:20:42 PM
Looking to rent an 8 seater.

Which company carries them?

I have Hertz president's circle and national executive elite.  Could I expect to find something in the aisle?

Any help would be appreciated
Location?
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Hidden on April 21, 2020, 01:04:14 PM
Location?
Brooklyn - LGA, JFK, EWR etc.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: KSMH on April 21, 2020, 01:08:19 PM
Brooklyn - LGA, JFK, EWR etc.
In EWR
National- U can find minivans but usually wont have suburbans
Hertz - Will many times have suburban size vehicles.

U can make two reservations and when u get there you'll see what's available...
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Hidden on April 21, 2020, 01:09:52 PM
Thanks
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Hidden on April 21, 2020, 01:57:15 PM
In EWR
National- U can find minivans but usually wont have suburbans
Hertz - Will many times have suburban size vehicles.

U can make two reservations and when u get there you'll see what's available...
Any info on lga?
They are a few hundred dollars cheaper there
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: KSMH on April 21, 2020, 02:08:01 PM
Any info on lga?
They are a few hundred dollars cheaper there
Dont know but if you have the time u can drive there and check. City streets are empty of traffic.
Title: Re: Car Rentals for Beginners
Post by: Divora M on June 24, 2020, 09:31:18 AM
Can you use a code with a car rental while booking it through the chase portal and using UR points?